Monday, July 31, 2017

Got a Spare Pet I Can Borrow?

. . . Nate Kincaid, wants to get out of debt and get his family off his back about his relationship status, but after the death of his fiancĂ©, he isn’t ready. Full-time psychologist and part-time model, Lauren Royall, has the perfect life. As a therapist she helps people. As a model, her free spirit reigns. When Nate suggests she pose as his girlfriend, she accepts on a lark. She hadn’t counted on falling for the guy or the painful memories from her past his situation evokes.

Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on Bonnie Phelps and My Sexy Verterinarian, a July 20, 2-17 contemporary romance released out of Lilac Lace Press. 

Bonnie sent us an excerpt:
You’re a walking contradiction. One of you brings me flowers and the other turns his back on me. One minute I think you like me and the next I feel like a leper.” She took a breath and plunged ahead. “Are you playing some kind of game?”
No, no games. Gun shy, maybe. Getting too close to a woman can open a man up to a world of hurt.”
And you’ve been there, done that?” His expression closed and she immediately missed the carefree man he’d been before she’d hit whatever nerve had made him flinch. She wanted that relaxed man back.
Yeah, but I’m not ready to talk about it.”
Fair enough. What would you like to talk about? It’s a beautiful day. We’ve enjoyed each other’s company. I’d like to keep it that way.” She’d find a way to tease out happy Nate or die trying.
Well I do have something on my mind. A problem you might be able to help me solve.”
He had the look of a fox approaching the hen house. He wanted what was inside, but wasn’t sure what might be lying in wait. She put a smile in her voice to put him at ease. “I’m listening.”
My family’s been bugging me about finding a steady girlfriend. They seem to think I’m afraid to get serious about anyone.” He picked up one of the containers and lifted the lid.
Are you afraid of getting involved?” She didn’t expect him to open up but thought it was worth a shot.
He sniffed the contents of the container and put it back down. “No, just haven’t found anyone I want to date on a steady basis.”
He swallowed hard and looked away. Nate was lying, What part was the lie—that he hadn’t found anyone he wanted to date or that he was afraid to get involved? “What can I do to help you solve your problem?” she asked.
I was thinking, maybe you and I could date, like we’re a couple, so my family would back off.”
A spark of annoyance flickered in her chest. He wanted people to think they were a couple but didn’t really want to be a couple. “Let me see if I understand. We’d date. We’d pretend to be serious about each other but it’d really be casual?”
About sums it up.” He ran a hand through his hair. “I like you. I think we have fun together and when my family decides I’m not avoiding having a serious girlfriend, we can still be friends. You interested?”
We do have fun together and since we’re both concentrating on our careers, a serious relationship isn’t something either of us needs.” She stuck out her hand. “You’ve got a deal.”
Good.” He shook her hand. “What is all this stuff?” He indicated the food.
Silly man thought this was the end of their discussion. She’d let him deflect—for now. “This one is turkey and avocado wraps. I also packed fresh vegetables and humus, fresh fruit kabobs, red potato salad with yogurt dressing, and double chocolate brownies.”

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A bit about our focus author:
Rumor has it that Bonnie began telling stories at a very early age. Photos exist of the author toddling around the corner of the house covered in mud babbling about magic rabbits leading her through the garden. Her parents were amused – until they discovered she had also walked across the newly poured cement patio – which only added fuel to the fire of her passion for writing. From then on, her active imagination continued to churn out plots and character sketches always wondering how different people would behave in similar situations. People are endlessly fascinating and stories are everywhere.
Bonnie used her writing skills throughout her professional life as a fundraiser and marketer for several nonprofits. She enjoyed the chance to tell and share the story of worthy organizations. In the late 1980s, Bonnie authored a syndicated column in several California newspapers in which she shared the experiences and misadventures of life as a wife and mother. The jury is out on whether or not her children appreciated her candor. Because Bonnie has romance in her soul, she also worked as a Wedding Planner for several years. Absolutely loved it!! She craves anything sweet, revels in any chance to travel, and is addicted to A native Californian, the author lives in Northern California with her husband.

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  1. I always love these kinds of pretend love turning into the real thing stories! Sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for letting me share a little about Nate's and Lauren's story!

  3. Thank you for hosting us you your blog!